Mar 262012

Poll Everywhere is a great way to collect opinions and votes in the classroom, and in combination with a mobile web device makes a brilliant free alternative to an expensive audience response system. I’ve found that students tend to spend a bit longer considering their responses when they are encouraged to use their phones. Today I finished a role play on the execution of Charles I today with this poll:

Students without access to phones were able to vote free of charge over the web using my personal iPad.

Poll Everywhere has lots of compelling features including Twitter voting, live charts inside PowerPoint, and downloadable results. The free plan allows for a maximum of 40 votes per poll, enough for a typical class. I’ve mentioned SMS Poll, in a previous post, which remains a good alternative.